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Giselinde Kuipers

Professor of Cultural Sociology
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Research affiliations: the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)  and the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS).

Teaches in: Bachelor, Research Master and PhD programs in sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

Principal Investigator, Towards a Comparative Sociology of Beauty (ERC Starting grant, 2010-2015)

Editor-in-chief: HUMOR International Journal of Humor Research

Program Director (with Olav Velthuis) of the program group Cultural Sociology at the AISSR.


I am honored to announce that on September 1, 2015, I will become the chair of the Sociology Department of the University of Amsterdam.

A new, updated and revised paperback (therefore, affordable!) edition of Good Humor, Bad Taste has been published in 2015. For more information click on the (very nice!) new cover:



Research interests:
cultural sociology and sociology of culture, social theory, media studies, comparative-historical sociology, process sociology, globalization and transnational culture, sociology of beauty and the body, humor, media, television, translation, cultural industries and production of culture, popular culture, sociology of taste, and of course, the bicycle

M.A. (cum laude), cultural anthropology, Utrecht University (1995)

PhD (cum laude), sociology, University of Amsterdam (2001)

                                                                                                                               (Photograph courtesy of Bob Bronshoff.)